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WORKSOFST.JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

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HOLYROSARY

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HolyRosary,firstpublishedin1934,containsaseriesofshortcommentariesonthe15 mysteriesoftherosary(joyful,sorrowfulandglorious).Ittriestohelpthereaderentermore deeplyintothesescenesfromthelifeofourLordandhisBlessedMother.Thereisalsoa briefcommentaryontheLitanyoftheBlessedVirginattheend. St.Josemariawrotethisbookatonesittingin1931,inhisthanksgivingafterMass.Itleads thereaderalongthepathofatrustingdialoguewithourLady,whobringsustotheBlessed Trinity. "Thebeginningoftheway,attheendofwhichyouwillfindyourselfcompletelycarried awaywithloveforJesus,isatrustingloveforMary,"theauthortellsusinthepreface. HolyRosaryiscurrentlypublishedin25languages.Ithassoldover700,000copies. (fromauthor'snote)"Todayasinothertimes,therosarymustbeapowerfulweapon,to enableustowininourinteriorstruggle,andtohelpallsouls.ExaltholyMarywithyour tongue:Godasksyouforreparation,andforpraisefromyourlips.Mayyoualwayswantto knowhowtospreadpeaceandhappinessthroughouttheworld,throughthisbeautiful devotiontoourLady,andthroughyourwatchfullove."

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TABLEOFCONTENTS

Author'snote JoyfulmysteriesTheannunciation JoyfulmysteriesVisitation JoyfulmysteriesBirthofChrist JoyfulmysteriesThepresentation JoyfulmysteriesFindingofJesus SorrowfulmysteriesAgonyinthegarden SorrowfulmysteriesScourgingatthepillar SorrowfulmysteriesCrowningwiththorns SorrowfulmysteriesJesuscarrieshiscross SorrowfulmysteriesThecrucifixion GloriousmysteriesResurrectionofourLord GloriousmysteriesTheAscension GloriousmysteriesDescentoftheHolyGhost GloriousmysteriesTheassumption GloriousmysteriesCoronationofMary Luminousmysteries LuminousmysteriesTheBaptismofourLord LuminousmysteriesTheweddingfeastatCana LuminousmysteriesTheproclamationoftheKingdomofGod andthecalltorepentance LuminousmysteriesTheTransfigurationofourLord LuminousmysteriesTheinstitutionoftheEucharist Litany Author'snote 8

HolyRosary,"Author'snote",0 AsitwasinothertimessuchasLepanto,*theRosarymustbetodayapowerful weapon,toconquertheenemiesoftheHolyRomanChurchandofyourCountry. OfferreparationtotheLord,exaltHisMotherwithyourlips:yourGodasksforatonement, forpraisesfromyourtongue,becauseandthesearewordsoftheHolyFather,spokento hisNobleGuard,onthelastdayoftheyear1944 "ThehostilityoftheenemiesofChristandoftheChurchhasbeenservedinalltimes,not onlybywickedcriticisms,andvehementattacks,butespeciallybythatpoisonousslander, thoseslyinsinuationsandvague,anonymousrumours,whichskillfullyspread,haveoften deceivedpersonsofgoodfaith,evensomeignorantandcredulousChristians." Theirtongueisapiercingarrow,saysJeremiah(9:8). Ihopeyouwillhavetheknowledgeandthewilltocurethosewounds,withthisbeautiful devotiontoOurLadyandwithyourvigilantcharity. AttheShrineofFatima,February6,1945 NotetotheFifthSpanishEdition Foryou,myfriend,thereaderofthisbook:Ihavewrittenthe"HolyRosary"sothatyouand ImaylearnhowtobecomeabsorbedinprayerwhenweareprayingtoOurLady. Don'tallowyourselftobedisturbedbythesoundofwordsasyoumeditateonthethoughtsI setbeforeyou:donotreadthemaloud,forthentheywouldlosetheirintimacy. Ontheotherhand,pronouncetheOurFatherandtheHailMarysofeachdecadeclearlyand withouthaste.InthiswayyouwillalwaysgainmorefromthispracticeofloveofMary. Anddon'tforgettoprayforme. MsgrJ.M.Escriva

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Rome,ontheFeastofthePurification,February2,1952 Theselinesarenotwrittenfor"littlewomen."Theyarewrittenforfullgrownmen,and very...manlymen,whoattimes,nodoubt,haveraisedtheirheartstoGod,cryingouttoHim withthePsalmist:Notamfacmihiviam,inquaambulem;quiaadtelevavianimammeam. Makethewayknowntome,whereinIshouldwalk;forIhaveliftedupmysoultoThee (Ps142:8). ImusttellthesemenasecretthatmayverywellbethebeginningofthewaythatChrist wantsthemtofollow. Myfriend,ifyouwanttobegreat,becomelittle. Tobelittleitisnecessarytobelieveaschildrenbelieve,toloveaschildrenlove,togive yourselfupaschildrengivethemselvesup...toprayaschildrenpray. AndallofthisisnecessarytoaccomplishwhatIamgoingtorevealtoyouintheselines: Thebeginningoftheway,attheendofwhichyouwillfindyourselfcompletelycarriedaway withloveforJesus,isaconfidentloveforMary. DoyouwanttoloveOurLady?Well,gettoknowher.How?ByprayingherRosary well. But,intheRosary...wealwayssaythesamethings!Alwaysthesame?Anddon'tthose whoareinlovealwayssaythesamethingstoeachother?...Coulditnotbethatthereis monotonyinyourRosarybecause,insteadofpronouncingwordslikeaman,youemit soundslikeananimal,whileyourmindisveryfarfromGod?Moreover,listen:before eachdecadewearetoldthemysterytobecontemplated. Haveyou...evercontemplatedthesemysteries? Becomelittle.ComewithmeandthisistheessenceofwhatIhavetoconfidewewill livethelifeofJesus,MaryandJoseph. Eachdaywewillrenderthemanewservice.Wewillheartheirfamilyconversations.We willseetheMessiahgrowup.WewilladmireHisthirtyyearsofhiddenlife...Wewillbe presentatHisPassionandDeath...WewillbeawedbytheGloryofHisResurrection...Ina word:wewillcontemplate,carriedawaywithLove(theonlyrealloveisLove),eachand 10

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HolyRosary,"JoyfulmysteriesTheannunciation",1 Don'tforget,myfriend,thatwearechildren.TheLadyofthesweetname,Mary,is withdrawninprayer. You,inthathouse,arewhateveryouwanttobe:afriend,aservant,anonlooker,a neighbour...I,atthismoment,don'tdaretobeanything.Ihidebehindyou;fullofawe,I contemplatethescene: TheArchangeldelivershismessage...Quomodofietistud,quoniamvirumnoncognosco? HowshallthisbedonesinceIknownotman?(Luke1:34) OurMother'svoicebringstomymemorybycontrastalltheimpuritiesofmen....mine too. AndthenhowIhatethelow,meanthingsoftheearth...Whatresolutions! Fiatmihisecundumverbumtuum.BeitdoneuntomeaccordingtoThyword(Luke1:38). Bytheenchantmentofthisvirginalphrase,theWordwasmadeflesh. Thefirstdecadeisabouttoend...IstillhavetimetotellmyGod,beforeanyoneelsedoes: Jesus,IloveYou.

HolyRosary,"JoyfulmysteriesVisitation",2 Bynow,mylittlefriend,youhavenodoubtlearnedtogetalongbyyourself.Joyfully keepJosephandMarycompany...andyouwillhearthetraditionsoftheHouseofDavid: YouwillhearofElizabethandZachary,youwillbemovedbyJoseph'spurelove,andyour heartwillpoundwheneverthereismentionoftheChildwhowillbeborninBethlehem...

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Wewalkinhastetowardsthemountains,toatownofthetribeofJudah(Luke1:39). Wearrive.ItisthehousewhereJohntheBaptististobeborn.Elizabethgratefullyhails theMotherofherRedeemer:Blessedartthouamongstwomenandblessedisthefruitofthy womb!HowhaveIdeservedtobethusvisitedbytheMotherofmyLord?(Luke1:4243) TheunbornBaptistquivers...(Luke1:41)Mary'shumilitypoursforthintheMagnificat... AndyouandI,whoareproudwhowereproud,promisetobehumble.

HolyRosary,"JoyfulmysteriesBirthofChrist",3 AdecreeofCaesarAugustushasbeenproclaimed,orderingthewholeworldtobeenrolled. Forthispurpose,everypersonmustgotothecityofhisancestors.SinceJosephisofthe houseandfamilyofDavid,hegoeswiththeVirginMaryfromNazarethtothecitycalled Bethlehem,inJudea(Luke2:15). AndinBethlehemisbornourGod:JesusChrist!Thereisnoroomattheinn:Heisborn inastable.AndHisMotherwrapsHiminswaddlingclothesandlaysHiminamanger. Cold.Poverty...IamJoseph'slittleservant.HowgoodJosephis!Hetreatsmelike afather.HeevenforgivesmeifItaketheChildinmyarmsandspendhourafterhour sayingsweetandlovingthingstoHim!... AndIkissHimyoukissHimtoo!andIrockHiminmyarms,andIsingtoHim,andI callHimKing,Love,myGod,myOnlyone,myAll!...HowbeautifulistheChildandhow shortthedecade!

HolyRosary,"JoyfulmysteriesThepresentation",4 WhenthedaysoftheMother'spurificationareaccomplished,accordingtotheLawof Moses,theChildmustbetakentoJerusalem,tobepresentedtotheLord(Luke2:22). 12

Andthistimeitwillbeyou,myfriend,whowillcarrythecagewiththedoves(Luke2:24). Justthink:ShetheImmaculate!submitsherselftotheLawasifsheweredefiled. Throughthisexample,foolishchild,willyoulearntoobeytheHolyLawofGod,regardless ofanypersonalsacrifice? Purification!Youandsurelydoneedpurification!Atonement,andmorethanatonement, Love.Loveasasearingirontocauterizeoursouls'uncleanness,andasafiretokindle withdivineflamesthewretchedtinderofourhearts. AjustandGodfearingmanhascometothetempleledbytheHolyGhostithadbeen revealedtohimthathewouldnotdiebeforehehadseentheChrist.HetakestheMessiah inhisarmsandsaystoHim:Now,MyLord,ThoucansttakeThyservantoutofthisworld inpeace,accordingtoThypromise...becausemyeyeshaveseentheSaviour(Luke2:25 30).

HolyRosary,"JoyfulmysteriesFindingofJesus",5 WhereisJesus?TheChild,myLady!...whereisHe? Maryiscrying.InvainyouandIhaverunfromgrouptogroup,fromcaravantocaravan: noonehasseenHim.Joseph,afteruselessattemptstokeepfromcrying,criestoo...And You...AndI. Beingacommonlittleservant,Icrymyeyesoutandwailtoheavenandearth...tomakeup forthosetimeswhenIlostHimthroughmyownfaultanddidnotcry. Jesus:mayIneverloseTheeagain...ThenyouandIareunitedinmisfortuneandgrief,as wewereunitedinsin.Andfromthedepthofourbeingcomemoansofheartfeltsorrowand burningphrasesthatthepencannotandshouldnotrecord. And,asweareconsoledbythejoyoffindingJesusthreedaysHewasgone!debating withthedoctorsofIsrael(Luke2:46),yoursoulandminewillbeleftdeeplyimpressedby thedutytoleaveourhomeandfamilytoserveourheavenlyFather.

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HolyRosary,"SorrowfulmysteriesAgonyinthe garden",6 "Praythatyoumaynotenterintotemptation".AndPeterfellasleep.Andtheother apostles.Andyou,littlefriend,fellasleep...,andItoowasanothersleepyheadedPeter. Jesus,aloneandsad,suffersandsoakstheearthwithHisblood. Kneelingonthehardground,Heperseveresinprayer...Heweepsforyou...andforme:the weightofthesinsofmenoverwhelmsHim. Pater,sivis,transfercalicemistumame.Father,ifThouwilt,removethischalicefrom me...Yetnotmywill,sedtuafiat,butThinebedone(Luke22:42). AnAngelfromHeavencomfortsHim.Jesusisinagony.Hecontinuesprolixius, prayingmoreintensely...Heapproachesus,whoareasleep:Arise,prayHesaysagain ,lestyouenterintotemptation(Luke22:46). Judasthetraitor:akiss.Peter'sswordgleamsinthenight.Jesusspeaks:Areyoucome, astoarobber,toapprehendMe?(Mark14:48) Wearecowards:wefollowHimfromafar,butawakeandpraying.Prayer...Prayer...

HolyRosary,"SorrowfulmysteriesScourgingatthe pillar",7 Pilatespeaks:ItisyourcustomthatIreleaseoneprisonertoyouonthePasch.Whomshall Isetfree,BarabbasathiefjailedwithothersforamurderorJesus?(Matt27:17)Put thismantodeathandreleaseuntousBarabbas,criesthemultitude,incitedbytheirchief priests(Luke23:18). Pilatespeaksagain:WhatshallIdo,then,withJesuswhoiscalledChrist?(Matt27:22) Crucifigeeum!CrucifyHim!

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Pilate,forthethirdtime,saystothem:Why,whatevilhasHedone?IfindnofaultinHim thatdeservesdeath(Luke23:22). Theclamourofthemobgrowslouder:CrucifyHim,crucifyHim!(Mark15:14) AndPilate,wishingtopleasethepopulace,releasesBarabbastothemandordersJesustobe scourged. Boundtothepillar.Coveredwithwounds. TheblowsofthelashsounduponHistornflesh,uponHisundefiledflesh,thatsuffersfor yoursinfulflesh.Moreblows.Morefury.Stillmore...Itisthelastextremeofhuman cruelty. Finally,exhausted,theyunbindJesus.AndthebodyofChristyieldstopainandfallslimp, brokenandhalfdead. YouandIareunabletospeak.Wordsarenotneeded.LookatHim,lookatHim... slowly.Afterthis...canyoueverfearpenance?

HolyRosary,"SorrowfulmysteriesCrowningwith thorns",8 OurKing'seagernessforsufferinghasbeenfullysatisfied!TheyleadOurLordtothe courtyardofthepalace,andtheretheycalltogethertheirwholeband(Mark15:16).The brutalsoldiersstripHismostpurebody.TheydrapeadirtypurpleragaboutJesus.A reed,asasceptre,inHisrighthand... Thecrownofthorns,driveninbyblows,makesHimamockking...AveRexJudeorum! Hail,KingoftheJews(Mark15:18).AndwiththeirblowstheywoundHishead.Andthey strikeHim...andtheyspitonHim. Crownedwiththornsandclothedinragsofpurple,JesusisshowntotheJewishmob:Ecce Homo!BeholdtheMan!Andagainthechiefpriestsandtheministersraisethecry, saying:CrucifyHim,crucifyHim(John19:56).

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YouandI...,haven'twecrownedHimanewwiththorns,andstruckHimandspitonHim? Nevermore,Jesus,nevermore...Andafirmandconcreteresolutionmarkstheendofthese tenHailMarys.

HolyRosary,"SorrowfulmysteriesJesuscarrieshis cross",9 CarryingHisCross,JesusgoesouttowardCalvary,aplacethatinHebrewiscalled Golgotha(John19:17).AndtheylayholdofacertainSimonofCyrene,whoiscoming fromafarm;andtheymakehimtaketheCrossandcarryitafterJesus(Luke23:26). TheprophesyofIsaiah(53:12)hasbeenfulfilled:cumsceleratisreputatusest,Hewas countedamongthewicked:fortwoothers,whowererobbers,wereledwithHimtobeput todeath(Luke23:32). Ifanyonewouldfollowme...Littlefriend:wearesad,livingthePassionofOurLordJesus. SeehowlovinglyHeembracestheCross.LearnfromHim.JesuscarriestheCross foryou:you...carryitforJesus. Butdon'tdragtheCross...Carryitsquarelyonyourshoulder,becauseyourCross,ifyou carryitso,willnotbejustanyCross:itwillbe...theHolyCross.Don'tbearyourCrosswith resignation:resignationisnotagenerousword.LovetheCross.Whenyoureallyloveit, yourCrosswillbe...aCross,withoutaCross. Andsurelyyou,likeHim,willfindMaryontheway.

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ThesoldierstakeHisholygarmentsanddividethemintofourparts.Inordernottotear thetunic,theycastlotstodecidewhoseitshallbe.Andso,oncemore,thewordsofthe Scripturearefulfilled:Theyhavepartedmygarmentsamongthemandformyrobethey havecastlots(John19:2324). NowHeisonhigh...AndclosetoherSon,atthefootoftheCross,standMary...andMary, thewifeofCleophas,andMaryMagdalen.AndJohn,thedisciplewhomHeloved.Ecce matertua!Beholdthymother!HegivesusHisMotherforourown. EarliertheyhadofferedHimwinemingledwithgall,andwhenHehadtastedit,Hewould notdrink(Matt27:34). NowHethirsts...forlove,forsouls. Consummatumest.Itisconsummated(John19:30). Foolishchild,look:allthis...Hehassuffereditallforyou...andforme.Canyoukeep fromcrying?

HolyRosary,"GloriousmysteriesResurrectionofour Lord",11 WheneveningfellontheSabbath,MaryMagdalenandMary,themotherofJames,and Salomeboughtspicesthat,going,theymightanointthedeadbodyofJesus.Veryearlyon thefollowingday,whenthesunhasalreadyrisen,theycometothesepulchre(Mark16:12). Anduponenteringtheyaredismayed,fortheydonotfindthebodyofOurLord.Ayouth, clothedinwhite,saystothem:Fearnot.IknowthatyouseekJesusofNazareth:nonesthic, surrexitenimsicutdixit,Heisnothere,forHehasrisen,asHesaid(Matt28:5). Hehasrisen!Jesushasrisen.Heisnotinthesepulchre.Lifehasovercomedeath. HeappearedtoHismostHolyMother.HeappearedtoMaryofMagdala,whoiscarried awaywithlove.AndtoPeterandtherestoftheApostles.Andtoyouandme,whoare HisdisciplesandmoreinlovethanMagdalen:thethingswesaytoHim!

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Mayweneverdiethroughsin;mayourspiritualresurrectionbeeternal.Andbeforethis decadeisover,youhavekissedthewoundsonHisfeet...,andI,moredaringbecauseIam moreachild,haveplacedmylipsuponHisopenside.

HolyRosary,"GloriousmysteriesTheAscension",12 NowtheMasteristeachingHisdisciples:Hehasenlightenedtheirmindsthattheymay knowtheScriptures,andHetakesthemaswitnessesofHislifeandHismiracles,ofHis passionanddeath,andofthegloryofHisresurrection(Luke24:45and48). Then,HeleadsthemoutalongtheroadtoBethany,HeliftsupHishandsandblessesthem. And,asHedoesso,Heslowlydepartsfromthemandascendstoheaven(Luke24:51) untilacloudreceivesHimoutoftheirsight(Acts1:9). JesushasgonetotheFather.TwoAngelsinwhitegarmentsapproachusandsay:Menof Galilee,whystandyoulookinguptoheaven?(Acts1:11) PeterandtheothersgobacktoJerusalemcumgaudiomagnowithgreatjoy(Luke 24:52).ItisfittingthattheSacredHumanityofChristshouldreceivethehomage,the praiseandadorationofallthehierarchiesoftheAngelsandofallthelegionsoftheblessed inHeaven. But,youandIfeellikeorphans:wearesad,andwegotoMaryforconsolation.

HolyRosary,"GloriousmysteriesDescentoftheHoly Ghost",13 OurLordhadsaid:IwillasktheFather,andHewillgiveyouanotherParaclete,another Consoler,toabidewithyouforever(John14:16).Whenthedisciplesweregatheredtogether inoneplace,suddenlytherecameasoundfromheavenasofamightywind,anditfilledthe wholehousewheretheywere.Atthesametime,partedtonguesoffireappearedand resteduponeachoneofthem(Acts2:12). 18

FilledwiththeHolyGhost,theApostlesseemedasthoughdrunk(Acts2:13). AndPeter,aroundwhomtheotherelevengathered,raisedhisvoiceandspoke.We, peoplefromahundrednations,hearHim.Eachofushearshiminhisownlanguage. YouandIinours.HespeakstousofChristJesusandoftheHolyGhostandofthe Father. Heisnotstonednorthrowninprison:ofthosewhohaveheardhim,threethousandare convertedandbaptized. YouandI,afterhelpingtheApostlesadministerbaptism,blessGodtheFather,forHisSon Jesus,andwetoofeeldrunkwiththeHolyGhost.

HolyRosary,"GloriousmysteriesTheassumption", 14 AssumptaestMariaincoelum:gaudentangeli!GodhastakenMarybodyandsoul toHeaven:andtheAngelsrejoice! SosingstheChurch.Andso,withthatsameoutburstofjoy,dowebeginour contemplationinthisdecadeoftheHolyRosary: TheMotherofGodhasfallenasleep.AroundherbedarethetwelveApostles.Matthias intheplaceofJudas. Andwe,throughagracerespectedbyall,arealsoatherside. ButJesuswantstohaveHisMother,bodyandsoul,inHeaven.AndtheheavenlyCourt, arrayedinallitssplendour,hailsOurLady.YouandIchildrenafteralltakethetrain ofMary'smagnificentbluecloak,andsowecanwatchthemarvellousscene. ThemostBlessedTrinityreceivesandshowershonoursontheDaughter,Mother,and SpouseofGod...AndsogreatisOurLady'smajestythattheAngelsexclaim:Whoisshe?

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HolyRosary,"GloriousmysteriesCoronationof Mary",15 Thouartallfairandintheethereisnostain.Thouartagardenenclosed,mysister, Spouse,anenclosedgarden,asealedfountain.Veni:coronaberis.Come:thoushaltbe crowned(Cant4:7,12and8). IfyouandIhadhadthepower,wetoowouldhavemadeherQueenandLadyofallcreation. Agreatsignappearedinheaven:awomanwithacrownoftwelvestarsuponherhead. Clothedwiththesun.Themoonatherfeet(Apoc12:1).Mary,Virginwithoutstain,has repairedthefallofEve:andshecrushedtheheadoftheinfernalserpentwithherimmaculate heel.DaughterofGod,MotherofGod,SpouseofGod. TheFather,theSon,andtheHolyGhostcrownherastherightfulEmpressoftheUniverse. AndtheAngelsrenderhomageuntoherashersubjects...andthepatriarchsandtheprophets andtheApostles...andthemartyrsandtheconfessorsandthevirginsandallthesaints...and allsinnersandyouandI.

HolyRosary,"Luminousmysteries",16 InhisApostolicLetterRosariumVirginisMariae,theHolyFatherJohnPaulIIhas indicatedthat,inordertohighlighttheChristologicalcontentofthisMariandevotion,five newmysteries,themysteriesoflight,shouldbeaddedtothefifteentraditionalmysteries. TheHolyRosary,writtenin1931,naturallycontainsnoreferencetothesenewmysteries. ButSt.JosemaraoftencontemplatedandpreachedontheseGospelscenesasanexpression ofhisgreatloveforallthatChristdidandsaid.Thereforewehaveincludedheresometexts fromthewritingsoftheFounderofOpusDeithatmakereferencetotheluminousmysteries, tohelpreadersmeditateonthecompleteRosary. WecanshowourfidelitytothespiritoftheauthorofHolyRosarywhenwepraythejoyful, luminous,sorrowfulandgloriousmysteriesbyunitingourselvestotheintentionsofthe 20

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HolyRosary,"LuminousmysteriesTheBaptismof ourLord",17 ThenJesuscamefromGalileetotheJordantoJohn,tobebaptizedbyhim...andlo,avoice camefromheaven,saying,ThisismybelovedSon,withwhomIamwellpleased(Mt 3:13,17). InBaptism,ourFatherGodhastakenpossessionofourlives.Hehasmadeussharersin ChristslifeandsentustheHolySpirit. ThestrengthandthepowerofGodlightupthefaceoftheearth. Wewillsettheworldablaze,withtheflamesofthefirethatyoucametoenkindleonearth! Andthelightofyourtruth,ourJesus,willenlightenmensmindsinanendlessday. Icanhearyoucryingout,myKing,inyourstrongandardentvoice:ignemvenimitterein terram,etquidvolonisiutaccendatur?Ihavecometobringfiretotheearth,andwouldthat itwerealreadyenkindled!AndIanswer,withmyentirebeing,withallmysensesand faculties:ecceego:quiavocastime!HereIam,becauseyouhavecalledme! GodhasplacedanindeliblemarkonyoursoulthroughBaptism:youareachildofGod. Child,areyounotaflamewiththedesiretobringallmentoloveHim?

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atCana",18 OurLadywasaguestatoneofthosenoisycountryweddingsattendedbypeoplefrom manydifferentvillages.Marywastheonlyonewhonoticedthewinewasrunningout.Dont thesescenesfromChristslifeseemfamiliartous?ThegreatnessofGodlivesatthelevelof ordinarythings.Itisnaturalforawoman,ahomemaker,tonoticeanoversight,tolookafter thelittlethingsthatmakelifepleasant.AndthatishowMaryacted.Dowhateverhetells you. Impletehydrias(Jn2:7),fillthejars.Andthemiracletakesplace.Everythingissosimple andordinary.Theservantscarryouttheirjob.Thewateriseasytofind.Andthisisthefirst manifestationofourLordsdivinity.Whatiscommonplacebecomessomething extraordinary,somethingsupernatural,whenwehavethegoodwilltoheedwhatGodis askingofus. Lord,Iwanttoabandonallmyconcernsintoyourgeneroushands.OurMotheryour Motherwillhaveletyouhearthosewords,nowasinCana:Theyhavenowine! Ifourfaithisweak,weshouldturntoMary.Becauseofthemiracleatthemarriagefeastat Cana,whichChristperformedathisMothersrequest,hisdiscipleslearnedtobelievein him(Jn2:11).OurMotherisalwaysintercedingwithherSonsothathemayattendtoour needsandshowhimselftous,sothatwecancryout,YouaretheSonofGod. Grantme,dearJesus,thefaithItrulydesire.MyMother,sweetLady,Marymostholy,make mereallybelieve!

HolyRosary,"LuminousmysteriesTheproclamation oftheKingdomofGodandthecalltorepentance", 19 ThekingdomofGodisathand;repent,andbelieveinthegospel(Mk1:15). Andallthecrowdgatheredabouthim,andhetaughtthem(Mk2:13). Jesusseestheboatsontheshoreandgetsintooneofthem.HownaturallyJesusstepsinto theboatofeachandeveryoneofus!

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WhenyouseektodrawclosetoourLord,rememberthatheisalwaysveryclosetoyou,that heisinyou:regnumDeiintravosest(Lk17:21).ThekingdomofGodiswithinyou.You willfindhiminyourheart. Christshouldreignfirstandforemostinoursoul.Butinorderforhimtoreigninme,Ineed hisabundantgrace.Onlyinthatwaycanmyeveryheartbeatandbreath,myleastintense look,mymostordinaryword,mymostbasicfeelingbetransformedintoahosannatoChrist myking. Ducinaltum.Putoutintodeepwater!Throwasidethepessimismthatmakesacowardof you.Etlaxateretiavestraincapturam.Andpayoutyournetsforacatch! WehavetoplaceourtrustinourLordswords:getintotheboat,taketheoars,hoistthe sailsandlaunchoutintothisseaoftheworldwhichChristgivesusasaninheritance. Etregnieiusnoneritfinis.Hiskingdomwillhavenoend. Doesntitfillyouwithjoytoworkforsuchakingdom?

HolyRosary,"LuminousmysteriesThe TransfigurationofourLord",20 Andhewastransfiguredbeforethem,andhisfaceshonelikethesun,andhisgarments becamewhiteaslight(Mt17:2). Jesus,wewanttoseeyou,tospeaktoyou!Wewanttocontemplateyou,immersedinthe immensityofyourbeauty,inacontemplationthatwillnevercease!Itmustbewonderfulto seeyou,Jesus!Itmustbewonderfultoseeyouandbewoundedbyyourlove! Andavoicefromthecloudsaid,ThisismybelovedSon,withwhomIamwellpleased; listentohim(Mt17:5). Lord,wearereadytoheedwhateveryouwanttotellus.Speaktous:weareattentiveto yourvoice.Mayyourwordsenkindleourwillsothatwelaunchoutferventlytoobeyyou. Vultumtuum,Domine,requiram(Ps26:8).Lord,Ilongtoseeyourface.Iliketoclosemy 23

eyesandthinkthat,whenGodwills,themomentwillcomewhenIwillbeabletoseehim, notasinamirrordimly,butfacetoface(1Cor13:12).Yes,myheartyearnsforGod,the livingGod.WhenshallIgoandbeholdthefaceofGod? (Ps41:3).

HolyRosary,"LuminousmysteriesTheinstitutionof theEucharist",21 NowbeforethefeastofthePassover,whenJesusknewthathishourhadcometodepartout ofthisworldtotheFather,havinglovedhisownwhowereintheworld,helovedthemto theend(Jn13:1). WhenourLordinstitutedtheEucharistduringtheLastSupper,nighthadalreadyfallen.The worldhadfallenintodarkness,fortheoldrites,theoldsignsofGodsinfinitemercyto mankind,weregoingtobebroughttofulfillment.Thewaywasopeningtoanewdawn thenewPassover.TheEucharistwasinstitutedduringthatnight,preparinginadvancefor themorningoftheresurrection. JesushasremainedintheEucharistforlove...foryou. Hehasremained,knowinghowmenwouldtreathim...andhowyouwouldtreathim.He hasremainedsothatyoucouldeathim,andvisithimandtellhimyourconcerns;andso that,byyourprayerbesidethetabernacleandbyreceivinghimsacramentally,youcouldfall moreinloveeachday,andhelpothersouls,manysouls,tofollowthesamepath. Goodchild:seehowloversonearthkisstheflowers,theletters,themementosofthosethey love Thenyou,howcouldyoueverforgetthatyouhavehimalwaysatyoursideyes,Him? Howcouldyouforget...thatyoucaneathim? Lord,mayIneveragainflutteralongclosetotheground.Illuminedbytheraysofthedivine SunChristintheEucharist,maymyflightneverbeinterrupteduntilIfindreposein yourHeart. 24

HolyRosary,"Litany",22 Nowthelitanyofpraiseburstsforthinaneternalsplendourofnewlight,renewedcolour andmeaning. InvocationstoOurLord,toChrist;petitionstoeachoneofthedivinePersons,andtothe HolyTrinity;burningwordsoflovetoMary:MotherofChrist,MotherInviolate,Motherof GoodCounsel,MotherofOurCreator,MotherofOurSaviour...VirginmostPrudent...Seat ofWisdom,MysticalRose,TowerofDavid,ArkoftheCovenant,MorningStar...Refugeof sinners,Comfortoftheafflicted,HelpofChristians... AndtherecognitionofherreignRegina!Queen!andofhermediation:Subtuum praesidiumconfugimusWeflytothypatronage,OHolyMotherofGod...deliverusfrom alldangers,OevergloriousandblessedVirgin. Prayforus,QueenofthemostHolyRosary,thatwemaybemadeworthyofthepromisesof OurLordJesusChrist.

HolyRosary,"Author'snote",23 Myfriend:Ihavedisclosedtoyoujustapartofmysecret.Itisuptoyou,withGod'shelp, todiscovertherest.Takecourage.Befaithful. Becomelittle.OurLordhidesHimselffromtheproudandrevealsthetreasuresofHisgrace tothehumble. Neverfearif,whenthinkingonyourown,daringandchildishwordsandaffectionsescape fromyou.Jesuswantsthis.Maryencouragesyou.IfyousaytheRosaryinthisway,youwill learntopraywell.

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